Barnardsville NC, 28709
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, just a few minutes from Asheville.


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Big Ivy Trail and Creek Cleanup
Friends of Big Ivy and the U.S. Forest Service are planning a Trail and Creek Cleanup Day in the Big Ivy forest. Join the fun on Sunday, October 11th from 2pm – 6 pm at the parking area/picnic area a half-mile from the entrance to Big Ivy. Any amount of time you have to help will be much appreciated.

As you enter the forest on the gravel service road, at approximately 1/2 mile in, turn right on the side gravel road, crossing the small cement bridge. Parking lot will be on the left.

Please bring your own gloves, water, and snacks if needed. We suggest wearing bright  colored or reflective clothing.

If you have any questions, email Steven McBride at


Smoky Mountain Native Plants Association have partnered to create a video that shows potential foragers how to sustainably harvest ramps so that the plant will continue to grow in following seasons. We hope that you or your organization will help us promote this video, “Ramps: A Sustainable Harvest,” by sharing it on your website, blog, or social media platforms. If you know of any other parties that might be interested in helping us promote the video, please feel free to forward it to them as well.  The embedded link will take viewers to the Appalachian Food Storybank’s website where they can How to Harvest Ramps Sustainably.

See the video: Big Ivy Speaks

Speaking up for Big Ivy Forests

More than a million acres of Western North Carolina lies in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. Ensuring that that land is managed properly for people and nature is vital to our future. That’s why we are actively involved in helping shape the management plan that will guide work in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests for the next 20 years.

Friends of Big Ivy –